On April 3rd, Healthy Living Matters and our partners participated in the Healthy Living Matters Advocacy Day for the Texas 85th legislative session.
The day was filled with meetings with State Senate and House offices. HLM advocates
discussed legislation pertaining to physical activity, early childcare, and overall child health and well-being.
The successful day started with a briefing for capitol office staffers to educate them on the policy priorities and legislation important to the HLM Collaborative. HLM then disseminated folders throughout the capitol to share the HLM executive summary and a list of supported bills.
HLM Advocates with Representative Alma Allen
The day concluded with a personal meeting with Representative Alma Allen who spoke on the importance of HLM's work and how it benefits Texas families. HLM would like to personally thank Representative Allen for her hospitality and continued support.
For more information on Healthy Living Matters Advocacy Day or information on how to contact your elected official please contact Mark Solano at
HLM started the week by participating in a Twitter chat that centered around healthy eating and educational tips to improve the overall health of the family. HLM was also excited to participate in #TastyTuesday where Harris County Public Health staff showed off their favorite work snack.
Executive Director of Harris County Public Health, Dr. Umair Shah and staff enjoying their healthy snacks in honor of #TastyTuesday
We also would like to thank our friends at
Playworks for also participating in the Week of the Young Child. Playworks continues to do amazing work in schools to keep young children active and physically engaged, leading them to a healthier life.
Raise your hands and touch the sky! Coaches Wallace and Coach T lead students in group exercise
If you or your organization would like more details on how to participate with the next Week of the Young Child in the future, please contact Mark Solano at
Healthy Living Matters at Cigna Sunday Streets - Spring Branch
Recently, the Healthy Living Matters team was invited to participate in the Cigna Sunday Street - Spring Branch Celebration. The HLM team enjoyed a great day of activities with community groups, many focusing on health. HLM was also able to speak to community residents about the great work being done by our collaborative.
Families were interested in learning that HLM is working to fight childhood obesity at the policy level. Working directly with the community is cornerstone to the overall mission of HLM. We were happy to participate and look forward to future community-centered events.
For more information on Cigna Streets or if you would like to get involved, contact Mark Solano at firstname.lastname@example.org
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